Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer - the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy - or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . .
Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.
©2009 Daniel Suarez; (P)2009 Penguin Audio
"Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills, and cyber suspense....A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel." (Publishers Weekly)
Really creative premise: that artificial intelligence in gaming could cross over to (infect and dominate?) real world actions and control. Some outlandish implementation (knife wielding robot motorcycles) and way too much detailed gore and violence ("fetishized" as one other reviewer put it). Although I am a software developer, I am not a game player so maybe all that intense detail comes with that territory. Anyway, the overall ideas are great, the characterization is thin, and the ending shockingly abrupt. It is definitely part 1 of a series; don't even think of reading the first book unless you want to finish the second. And I did just buy the second half (Freedom) and hope the silly and gory details don't outweigh the creative thought. It looks like the premise is getting expanded to a really interesting commentary on the military industrial complex's growing control over the world's economy and politics, rendering the political process (and democratic governments) a sham that simply pacifies an unknowing public. Are we all going through the motions watching a phony show (Matrix anyone?) while the real action is behind the scenes in some hybrid AI networked reality?
this is a great story with complicated characters and a story line that defy's an individual's ability to understand how the mastermind could have for-saw the possibly eventualities. that said, the story does sort of close up at the end and leaves and opening but you're left going, "what? Is that is? Is there no closure." I guess that's why he wrote a sequel. Otherwise, if you like technical writers like Isaac Asimov, Dan Brown and Michael Chrichton then you won't be disappointed.
The author weaves greats bits of technology (with a few sprinkles requiring some willingness to suspend disbelief) with a cracking good yarn.
Extremely rich in detail and imagery. You feel like you are right beside the burning Hummer.
This is the best narrator I have heard -- amazing voices, accents and cadence.
No question. Save this for a long trip and you'll be there before you want to be.
Highly recommended for any who enjoys Crichton-type techno-thrillers.
The most interesting part of Daemon, is the far reaching consequences of an existing technology.
The portions of the story concerning aspects of real world network cracking are quite realistic.
The voices of the characters are varied and appropriate.
You will never think of auto-telemarketers the same way again.
This book is a keeper.
Character development is poor. Nobody to really identify with.
Possibly. The author can contrive a complex story plot.
No favorite scene really stands out.
What I love about a good book is the feeling of really knowing and loving the main characters to the point where I feel sad that the book ended. With Daemon, it's really just about the plot. I'm going to listen to book 2 in order to see what happens, but I'd be fine just skipping to the end as well. I like the book, and the reader is very good. However, the characters are like a late night sci fi flick on tv with second rate actors. I'm looking forward to going back to finish the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I miss Roland, Edie, Jake, and Susanna. There is no one to miss in Daemon.
The story is fantastic and Jeff Gurner really delivers the story very well.
All of the amazing voices including the AI's. Even more so, I work in Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, etc so it really hit home for me.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is a cautionary tale reminiscent of PRESS ENTER by John Varley in which a computer genius reaches out from beyond the grave. But in this novel the scale goes beyond terrorizing one man, the Daemon in this book by Suarez is bent on world domination. This is an engaging adventure with just the right amount of plausibility to give it a sense of realism. Suarez starts slow then builds to a frantic pace, piling one technological marvel upon another, until the climax where we must examine the very structure of human society and our over-dependence on our toys. Under the microscope is the military industrial complex which has competition from the new Daemon on the block. I was surprised time and again at the ingenuity of the story and how it incorporates cutting-edge tech with the idea of a hostile takeover by a devious minded geek. At the end I was not sure weather to like the villain of cheer him for his genius. Of course I should be cheering Daniel Suarez for penning this fun and thought-provoking story.
This is a great book, and would be very good in print but we are very fortunate to have Jeff Gurner reading the story for us. Gurner’s range first seems limited, with the various voices sounding like mere variations on a theme, but at some point his talent goes on full display when the more flamboyant characters take the stage culminating in a resounding success. The addition of Garrett Scott as the female voice of the some of the connecting sound bites is a nice touch.
The complexity of the setting for a great mystery
Yes although I did want to get to the end the last 2 chapters
This book started out very well and grabbed my interest right away. I just got a little tired of the continuous repetitive action, especially towards the end, which I felt sacrificed the story. Also, it is just a teensy bit chauvinistic. The gamers and computer wunderkind are all male, (except for one token lady). It is obvious that this book was aimed towards the 20 something guy and that's ok. But, the fact that this was SO obvious is what took away some of my enjoyment.
The narrator was great and he deserves all five stars.
This is one of the best books I've listened to in a while. Its just flat out amazing. It goes in so many different unpredictable directions. To top it off I don't know who I'm rooting for which makes it even better.
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